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(HINT: It's not because of the VA)
Almost half a million veterans gained health care coverage during the first two years of the
Affordable Care Act, a report finds. In the years leading up to the implementation of the ACA's
major coverage provisions, from 2010 to 2013, nearly 1 million of the nation's approximately
22 million veterans didn't have health insurance. Almost half of all veterans are enrolled in the
VA health system; others get health care through employers or Medicare.
But some don't quality for those options, and others don't know that they have them.
“In no way are we seeking to privatize the VA,” Shulkin said Saturday on “CBS This
Morning,” adding that the VA needs to work “closer” with the private
sector to use an “integrated” approach to veteran care.
* Can veterans sue the United States for medical malpractice?
* Is there a special process for suing the government?
* Where do you file a lawsuit?
* Isn't it impossible to win a lawsuit against the United States?
* Do I need a local lawyer to file a claim against my local VA or military
health care facility for malpractice?
* Do I need a lot of money to hire a firm such as RawlsMcNelis to bring
a medical malpractice claim against the United States?
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Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Well-meaning reps within VARO Louisville had previously been advising some
Camp LeJeune presumptive claimants to resubmit their claim, rather than appeal it.
That has now been rectified and an advisory was sent out to direct all such appeals
within Louisville to the appellate tem for immediate approval. As it should be…
/s/ Drew Early, Esq.
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This is a series of stories
bringing light to the dark side of the
VA’s treatment of some Veterans
applying for disability. Whether out
of frustration, desperation, anger, or
‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice.
These are actual cases and claims.
I have changed names and identifying
information for confidentiality reasons.
This is the first in a series of stories bringing
light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment
of some Veterans applying for disability.
Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing
light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment
of some Veterans applying for disability.
Whether out of frustration, desperation,
anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted
me, and together, we fought the injustice.
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If you’ve already been scheduled for a VA
claim exam, but need to reschedule the date
and time, be sure to change your
appointment using the phone number
given to you as soon as possible. For more
information about the claim process, go to www.benefits.va.gov/compensation
Hundreds of thousands of applications from veterans to enroll in the Department of Veterans
Affairs healthcare system have been delayed because VA failed to reach them by mail last year. Data
provided by a VA whistleblower on Friday show that the VA tried last year to reach 494,428 veterans by
mail to tell them it needed more information before their VA application could be completed.
But the data show that almost half of those letters bounced back.
The attached article from thehill.com is a remarkably insightful assessment of the VA.
It is depressing reading, however. The agency remains very much broken.
Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to get
your paperwork properly recorded by VA?
Well, have a look at:
Auto-Establish Nationwide Roll-Out Release 1.0
Auto-Establish is an automatic process taking traditional paper compensation claim(s)
(VA Form 21-526EZ), received through the Intake Processing Center (IPC) via the Centralized
Mail (CM) portal and converts the paper documents into an electronic packet.
Auto-Establish is intended to increase employee efficiency and improve claims processing
timeliness, by allowing VA personnel to focus on more complex development activities.
As part of the conversion process, VA Form 21-526EZ is scanned and data fields are extracted
to be used for automatic claims establishment. The enhanced Auto-Establish functionality will
separate and perform data extraction on VA Form 21-526EZ, assign contentions, add
special issues and flashes, and scan/upload VA Form
21-526EZ and all attached documentation to the VBMS eFolder.
Auto-Establish will only establish disability compensation claims. Pension claims
will be processed through the Centralized Mail Portal. For now,
VA Form 21-526EZs containing pension information will be excluded.
Mail packages containing a Power of Attorney (POA) on VA Forms 21-22 and 21-22a
will not be processed by Auto-Establish in Release 1.0. Auto-Establish will not establish
any claims where VA Forms 21-22 or 21-22a are submitted with a VA Form 21-526EZ.
These will be offramped and the IPC staff will process these packages as they
normally would within the CM Portal and VBMS. Future Auto-Establish
releases will include functionality to process VA Forms 21-22 and 21-22a.
The deputy chief of staff at the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center faces the
end of her career and possible prosecution for writing three prescriptions for a private patient.
But she says the VA is retaliating because she was blowing the whistle
on its relationship with UC Health, which she says wastes tax dollars and hurts veterans.
Audio recordings obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveal a VA manager overseeing
a health care enrollment project intentionally withheld critical information from hospital staff
across the country that would have made it easier for veterans to gain access to care.
The audio recordings involve internal discussions by VA leaders last year overseeing a project
to clear up a backlog of hundreds of thousands of veterans health care applications. The
manager describes how he’s been instructed to not provide
detailed guidance to staff at more than 150 VA hospitals across the country.
Already Been Laid Off Or Could Be
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials under Secretary David Shulkin are favoring people
who have previously been laid off from the government, or are about to be, to fill a top congressional
relations job in the sprawling agency. The job ad for a VA executive to oversee eight
congressional liaison officials describes the open position as “located in the [Veterans Health
Administration] Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C,” and adds
that “you will serve as the principal advisor to the Director, and serve as a link between the VHA,
the General Counsel, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and other VA offices.”
But, in bold and underlined text, the ad makes clear that “this announcement is open to
CTAP eligible employees only,” referring to the Career Transition Assistance Program,
which finds ways to keep “surplus” or “displaced” federal workers on the government payroll.
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